Regional Tours 2019:
North East Region 0-4 Uganda Cranes
Despite not being a competitive debut, Hassan Ssenyonjo and Joackim Ojera have plenty of reasons to celebrate their Uganda Cranes scoring debuts.
The two players got on the score sheet on their first call as the Cranes beat North East Select side 4-0 on Saturday at the Katakwi High school grounds in the final regional tour match of the year.
Mustafa Kizza and Fahad Bayo opened the scoring before Ojera and second half substitute Ssenyonjo completed the wrath before a mammoth crowd.
Kizza converted a penalty in the 22nd minute following a foul on Ojera. Bayo doubled the lead following a mistake by goalkeeper Joshua Okwaput as the Cranes (local-based players) took a 2-0 half time lead.
Ojera headed home Kizza’s curling corner kick after the break before and Ssenyonjo wrapped up the victory.
This was the first regional tour match for Coach Johnathan McKinstry and the Northern Ireland tactician used the match the match to test local-based players ahead of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.
Uganda Cranes travel to Burkina Faso on November 12 before hosting Malawi four days later.
North East Region XI: Joshua Okwaput (G.K), Jonathan Okello, Emmanuel Opolot Tandema, Julius Ocen, Steven Oriokot, Joel Ekadu, Paul Oonyu, Denis Emorut, Emmanuel Lokuuna, Ivan Otude, Simon Odeke
Subs: Gilbert Aikomo (G.K), Abraham Ojale, Julius Isaac Odoa, John Okwatum, Ronald Eletu, Stewart Okiror, John Aleper
Head coach: Julius Ogwang
Assistant Coach: Mike Okiror
Official: Simon Onyait
Uganda Cranes XI: Charles Lukwago (G.K, KCCA), Paul Willa (Vipers), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers), John Revita (KCCA), Nicholas Kasozi (KCCA), Shafiq Kagimu (URA), Bright Anukani (Proline), Allan Kayiwa (Vipers), Fahad Bayo (Vipers), Joachim Ojeera (URA)
Subs: James Alitho (URA FC), Ashraf Mandela (URA FC), Paul Mbowa (URA FC), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA FC), Hassan Ssenyonjo (Wakiso Giants), Joel Madondo (Busoga United), Viane Ssekajugo (Wakiso Giants)
Head coach: Johnathan McKinstry
1st Assistant coach: Abdallah Mubiru
2nd Assistant coach: Charles Livingstone Mbabazi
Goalkeeping coach: Fred Kajoba
Doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago